So it was time to replace my sofa laptop (a nice light one I do bits and bobs on and is currently a MacBook Air 11″) so I looked at the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar. The first “con” is that while Apple sells base systems to resellers you can only buy a fully specced out model from Apple direct. And that means no discount.
So I ordered a near fully specced out MacBook Pro 13″ which wasn’t cheap but as it was Black Friday Apple were offering a “free” £120 gift card, and by free they meant they charge you £120 for it. Ok they take that off the price of the laptop but there are two problems with that.
First this is for work so I can claim it back on taxes but they invoice you £120 less on the laptop and don’t provide an invoice for the gift card. So I’ve lost £120 in taxable deductions, bummer but not then end of the world.
However secondly if like me the shitty DHL fail to deliver and like me you cannot wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from China then you’ll be refunded the cost of the laptop but not the gift card which is non-returnable. And what’s the point of a £120 gift card for Apple when there are few things you cannot get elsewhere cheaper, especially the tat they pass off as cables at some incredible prices.
Lesson learnt – never buy from anybody who used DHL and avoid Apple Online Stores as the support is pretty crap.